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26.05.22

In a speech to the Senate, Durbin mourns the loss of life at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and calls on his Senate colleagues to take action to prevent future tragedies.

WASHINGTON — In a speech to the Senate, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke about the tragic mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Durbin also called on his Senate colleagues to support common sense gun safety legislation to prevent such appalling acts of mass murder in the future.

“I can’t imagine what it was like…in Texas in the homes of the 19 children who lost their lives in that massacre at Robb Elementary. These are the longest and loneliest nights of your parenting life when you have lost a child. Durbin said. “The freedom and joy of youth has been snatched from each of these 19 children and two of the heroic teachers who sought to protect them when they were murdered in cold blood by this gunman. Today, instead of thinking about holidays and summer, parents sadly organize their babies’ funerals. Others sit with their children and try to explain why their classmates are not at school.

Durbin continued, “Now families across America are coming forward to offer their condolences, donate to the families who lost these precious children, and demand that this Senate take action to prevent… the appalling acts of mass murder we see too often. Members of the Senate must make a choice: will we listen to the overwhelming numbers of the American people who are asking us to put politics aside and stop the murder of children and other innocent Americans, or will we cower before the gun industry? ? The lives of countless children, and I might add grandchildren, depend on our answer to this question.

Video of Durbin’s Senate remarks is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks to the Senate is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s Senate remarks is available here for TV channels.

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